Compound Words Exercise (594)

In each sentence, a compound word or phrase is incorrectly open, closed, or hyphenated. Identify the incorrect word or phrase and style it correctly.

Answers and Explanations

1.
Original: Don’t makeover your bathroom before you read these remodeling tips.
Correct : Don’t make over your bathroom before you read these remodeling tips.

"Make over" is an open compound.

2.
Original: They rowed the life-raft up to the waterfall.
Correct : They rowed the life raft up to the waterfall.

"Life raft" is an open compound.

3.
Original: I’m expected to be both a superwoman and a nurse maid.
Correct : I’m expected to be both a superwoman and a nursemaid.

"Nursemaid" is a closed compound.

4.
Original: At day break, they descended toward the airfield.
Correct : At daybreak, they descended toward the airfield.

"Daybreak" is a closed compound.

5.
Original: We have to have buy in from everyone about the storeroom policy.
Correct : We have to have buy-in from everyone about the storeroom policy.

"Buy-in" is hyphenated.

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